With Snow on the Way, Gov. Patrick Delays Big Speech

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was set to deliver his final State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night. But it’s been delayed due to the snow.

Patrick laughed off the suggestion from a reporter that he postponed the speech because he’s going soft.

“No, I don’t think so,” Patrick said. “But I think it’s probably not a good idea to have people ski or snowshoe to the State of the Commonwealth.”

The speech usually draws a big crowd to Beacon Hill and Patrick says he was worried about folks being on the road.

“We’ll be able to do this in another day or two,” he said. “It gives me some time to tighten the language.”

This will be Patrick’s final state of the Commonwealth speech.  He is expected to tout his record from the past seven years and outline an agenda for his remaining months in office.

Patrick aides say they haven’t scheduled a new time for the speech yet. The governor still plans to release his budget proposal Wednesday.